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Psalms 109

Psalms 109:1  
To the chief music-maker. Of David. A Psalm. God of my praise, let my prayer be answered;

Psalms 109:2  
For the mouth of the sinner is open against me in deceit: his tongue has said false things against me.

Psalms 109:3  
Words of hate are round about me; they have made war against me without cause.

Psalms 109:4  
For my love they give me back hate; but I have given myself to prayer.

Psalms 109:5  
They have put on me evil for good; hate in exchange for my love.

Psalms 109:6  
Put an evil man over him; and let one be placed at his right hand to say evil of him.

Psalms 109:7  
When he is judged, let the decision go against him; and may his prayer become sin.

Psalms 109:8  
Let his life be short; let another take his position of authority.

Psalms 109:9  
Let his children have no father, and his wife be made a widow.

Psalms 109:10  
Let his children be wanderers, looking to others for their food; let them be sent away from the company of their friends.

Psalms 109:11  
Let his creditor take all his goods; and let others have the profit of his work.

Psalms 109:12  
Let no man have pity on him, or give help to his children when he is dead.

Psalms 109:13  
Let his seed be cut off; in the coming generation let their name go out of memory.

Psalms 109:14  
Let the Lord keep in mind the wrongdoing of his fathers; and may the sin of his mother have no forgiveness.

Psalms 109:15  
Let them be ever before the eyes of the Lord, so that the memory of them may be cut off from the earth.

Psalms 109:16  
Because he had no mercy, but was cruel to the low and the poor, designing the death of the broken-hearted.

Psalms 109:17  
As he took pleasure in cursing, so let it come on him; and as he had no delight in blessing, let it be far from him.

Psalms 109:18  
He put on cursing like a robe, and it has come into his body like water, and into his bones like oil.

Psalms 109:19  
Let it be to him as a robe which he puts on, let it be like a band which is round him at all times.

Psalms 109:20  
Let this be the reward given to my haters from the Lord, and to those who say evil of my soul.

Psalms 109:21  
But, O Lord God, give me your help, because of your name; take me out of danger, because your mercy is good.

Psalms 109:22  
For I am poor and in need, and my heart is wounded in me.

Psalms 109:23  
I am gone like the shade when it is stretched out: I am forced out of my place like a locust.

Psalms 109:24  
My knees are feeble for need of food; there is no fat on my bones.

Psalms 109:25  
As for me, they make sport of me; shaking their heads when they see me.

Psalms 109:26  
Give me help, O Lord my God; in your mercy be my saviour;

Psalms 109:27  
So that they may see that it is the work of your hand; that you, Lord, have done it.

Psalms 109:28  
They may give curses but you give blessing; when they come up against me, put them to shame; but let your servant be glad.

Psalms 109:29  
Let my haters be clothed with shame, covering themselves with shame as with a robe.

Psalms 109:30  
I will give the Lord great praise with my mouth; yes, I will give praise to him among all the people.

Psalms 109:31  
For he is ever at the right hand of the poor, to take him out of the hands of those who go after his soul.


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